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Community Contact Town of Exeter
Dave Sharples, Town Planner
10 Front Street
  Exeter, NH 03833
Telephone (603) 778-0591
Fax (603) 772-4709
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Town Manager: Monday to Friday, 8-4:30; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday,Thursday, 8-4, Tuesday, 8-7, Friday, 8-12:30; Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8:15-4
County Rockingham County
Labor Market Area Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA, NH portion
Tourism Region Seacoast Region
Planning Commission Rockingham Planning Commission
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 3
State Senate District 24
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 11, 33
Incorporated: 1638
Origin: Exeter was one of the four original towns established in New Hampshire, and was first settled in 1638 as Squamscott. It was given the name Exeter by the settlement's managers, known as the Exeter Combination. The riverside location of the town made it a shipbuilding center and West Indies trading port. Exeter's charter included the present-day towns of Epping, Newmarket, Newfields, and Brentwood. Exeter was the birthplace of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the figure of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. Both the Phillips Exeter Academy, endowed by Colonel John Phillips in 1781, and the American Independence Museum are located in Exeter.
Villages and Place Names: Dows Corner, Gooch Corner, Haynes Corner, Jady Hill, Perkins Hill
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1722 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Exeter totaled 7,138 over 50 years, from 8,892 in 1970 to 16,030 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 24 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population increased by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2023 Census estimate for Exeter was 16,172 residents, which ranked 18th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2023 (US Census Bureau): 816.8 persons per square mile of land area. Exeter contains 19.8 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2022 $32,022,345
Budget:School Appropriations,2020-2021 $22,314,061
Zoning Ordinance 1973/22
Master Plan 2018
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectboard; Library; Swasey; Trust Funds
    Appointed: Please visit for a list of boards & committees to which citizens may be appointed.
Public Library Exeter Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter Local   99

Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Town of Exeter/private wells
Sanitation Municipal/private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup Municipal/Contract
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program Yes
    Recycling Program Yes
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; Comcast
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $24.75
2022 Equalization Ratio 65.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.44
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 75.5%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 22.6%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 2%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 7,370
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 3,457
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 1,123
    Five or More Units in Structure 1,942
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 848

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2023 16,172   320,689
   2020 16,030   314,176
   2010 14,312   295,223
   2000 14,116   277,359
   1990 12,654   245,845
   1980 11,024   190,345

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   7,152 Female   8,852
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 521
      Age 5 to 19 2,810
      Age 20 to 34 2,561
      Age 35 to 54 4,326
      Age 55 to 64 2,037
      Age 65 and over 3,749
            Median Age 46.5 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 11,826
      High school graduation or higher 97.2%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 55.2%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $59,626
Median Family Income $132,963
Median Household Income $87,679
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $83,414
      Female $63,548
Individuals below poverty level 7.0%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2013 2023
    Civilian Labor Force 8,068   8,856
    Employed 7,675   8,677
    Unemploymed 393   179
    Unemployment rate 4.9%   2.0%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  1,466  1,366
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,491  $1,552
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  7,417  9,088
    Average Weekly Wage  $959  $1,454
Total Private  
    Average Employment  8,883  10,454
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,047  $1,467
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  948  858
    Average Weekly Wage  $873  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  9,832  11,312
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,030  $1,447
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Exeter operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are part of Exeter Region Cooperative (Brentwood, East Kingston, Kensington, Newfields, Stratham, Exeter) District: SAU 16
Career Technology Center: Seacoast School of Technology
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 3 2 3 2
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12 PG
Total Enrollment 852 124 1,874 1,150
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest College or Universities: University of NH

2023 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     9   Capacity:     858

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Exeter Hospital Health care services 900 1897
Philips Exeter Academy Education 520 1781
Osram Sylvania Electronics 318 1965
Town of Exeter Municipal services 150 1638
Riverwoods at Exeter Elderly housing, health care 500 1994
Sigarms Handguns 200 1989
Cobham Electronics 370 1988
Vapotherm Medical device manufacturer 121 1999
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 27, 85, 88, 101, 108, 111, 111A
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-95, Exit 2
Distance: 6 miles
Railroad Amtrak Downeaster
Public Transportation COAST
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Hampton Airfield Runway  2,100 ft. turf
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  No
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   33 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 31 miles
    Portland, Maine 68 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 52 miles
    New York City, New York 263 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 285 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 74.0%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 4.7%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 3.1%
  Traveled by other means: 1.9%
  Worked at home: 16.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 23.6 minutes
Work in community of residence: 78.5%
Commute to other NH community: 9.3%
Commute out-of-state: 12.2%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
X Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Gunstock
Other: Walking Trails